UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Established: 1789 (opened to students in 1795)
2012 U.S. News and World Report national ranking: 29th best overall university
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University budget: $2.4 billion (fiscal year 2010-11)
Athletics budget: $72.2 million
All-time national titles won: 39 (21 women's soccer; *six men's basketball; six women's field hockey; four men's lacrosse; one women's basketball; one men's soccer).
A 'basketball school's' football bowl record: 28 appearances, 13-15 record
All-time NFL defensive stalwart from UNC: Lawrence Taylor
Athlete known for their kicking: Mia Hamm
Pop culture icon: Andy Griffith, right, of Mayberry fame, is a 1949 UNC graduate
Alum known for talking sports: ESPN's Stuart Scott (UNC 1987)
Taking charge: James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, was an 1818 graduate of UNC. In the 1844 presidential election, Polk, a Democrat, defeated Lexington's Henry Clay, a Whig, for the right to succeed John Tyler.
Space travel: Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny were among the stars of the live-action/animation space/basketball movie Space Jam.
All-time men's basketball record: 2,039-729
Number of NCAA Tournament wins: 105Iconic basketball coaching figure who came from Kansas: Dean Smith
Iconic pro basketball coaching figure from the 'North Carolina coaching tree:' Larry Brown
Ex-hoops star with own tennis shoe brand: Michael Jordan
Most points scored in a men's hoops game by a Tar Heel: 49, by Bob Lewis against Florida State in 1965
Most points scored in a men's hoops career by a Tar Heel: 2,872, by Tyler Hansbrough (2005-09)
One thing UNC shares with UK: Loathing of Duke
* UNC claims a basketball national championship from 1924 based on the Helms Foundation voting the Tar Heels' 26-0 team as the country's best
UNIVERSITY of KENTUCKY
2012 U.S. News and World Reports national ranking: 124th best overall university
University budget: $2.7 billion
Athletics budget: $82 million
All-time national titles won: 10 (seven men's basketball, one each in football*, women's cross country, and coed rifle)
A basketball school's football bowl record: 15 appearances, 8-7 record
All-time NFL defensive stalwart from UK: Art Still
Athlete known for their kicking: George Blanda
Pop culture icon: Former UK student Harry Dean Stanton, left, was Molly Ringwald's craggy-faced, down-on-his-luck father in the 1980s teen romance Pretty In Pink
Alum known for talking sports: NBC's Tom Hammond (UK 1967)
Taking charge: Beverly Perdue, the current governor of North Carolina, is a 1969 graduate of UK with a degree in history.
Space travel: Dr. Story Musgrave, who earned a master of science in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky in 1966, is the only NASA astronaut who flew on all five space shuttles.
All-time men's basketball record: 2,059-647
Number of NCAA Tournament wins: 105
Iconic basketball coaching figure who came from Kansas: Adolph Rupp
Iconic pro basketball coaching figure from the 'Kentucky coaching tree:' Pat Riley
Ex-hoops star with own tennis shoe brand: John Wall
Most points scored in a men's hoops game by a Wildcat: 54, by Jodie Meeks, against Tennessee in 2009
Most points scored in a men's hoops career by a Wildcat: 2,138, by Dan Issel (1967-70)
One thing UK shares with UNC: Loathing of Duke
* Kentucky claims the 1950 college football national championship based on the ex-post-facto Sagarin Ratings for that season